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How does alcohol increase the chances of hypoglycemia in diabetic patients taking insulin or other hypoglycemic agents?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry

In brief: EtOH & hypoglycemia

Drinking alcohol heavily while not eating, can block your liver from releasing needed glucose into your bloodstream. This results in low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.
It could be magnified in diabetic patients when their blood sugars are being driven down by hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin.

In brief: EtOH & hypoglycemia

Drinking alcohol heavily while not eating, can block your liver from releasing needed glucose into your bloodstream. This results in low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.
It could be magnified in diabetic patients when their blood sugars are being driven down by hypoglycemic agents and/or insulin.
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